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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Top Up)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 1 year Weekend attendance and online learning September

Choose Kingston's Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Top Up)

If you are an experienced teacher who already has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this flexible PGCE top up course enables you to achieve the academic award of a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education to further develop your career. Applicants will already have completed routes into teaching such as School Direct or the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and achieved QTS without the academic award.

The following pathways are available:

  • PGCE (top up) Early Years
  • PGCE (top up) Primary
  • PGCE (top up) Secondary

What will you study?

You will learn about education and teaching policy and practice, and how these impact in your classroom experience. You will develop your critical evaluation skills and explore current issues in teaching and learning.

You will study for two modules combining interactive, face-to-face learning plus private study.  The interactive learning will include taught sessions with discussions and activities and is planned to fit around practising teachers' work commitments. 

The taught sessions will take place at six conferences on Saturdays during the academic year.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • This module introduces students to theories of reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable students to develop in-depth understanding of how they reflect in order to identify issues and develop solutions in their professional settings.

    The main features of the module are critical explorations of factors that affect how children develop physically, socially and as learners. Students will critically analyse issues relevant to their current practice considering their own position as effective teachers.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module students will develop critical, reflective and reflexive skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community. Students will be encouraged and supported to challenge and develop their professional practice.

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  • This module enables students to locate themselves as professionals within wider discourses about teaching as a profession. It engages them in evaluating their own identities as professionals and in reflecting on the values that they and the wider profession hold.

    The module supports students to critically engage in discussions and debates that consider factors affecting classroom practice. These debates focus on specific areas to exemplify wider issues in education and include inclusive teaching and learning issues and legislative frameworks that influence codes of practice.

    Students will read key papers related to the sessions and respond in online discussions to develop shared understandings. Students will focus on an area of interest in their professional practice when writing the assignment, drawing on knowledge and understanding gained through the formative tasks.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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